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The New Autonomous House: Design and Planning for Sustainability Paperback – 13 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New Ed edition (13 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500282870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282878
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The bible of self-build' - The Architects' Journal 'Thorough and detailed' - Building Services Journal 'For anyone interested in sustainable design, 'The New Autonomous House' will be indispensable' - Architecture Today


Brenda and Robert Vale's revolutionary book, The Autonomous House, was a manifesto offering down-to-earth suggestions for building homes that neither pollute the earth nor squander its resources. It received tremendous international praise, but nearly twenty years passed before the Vales turned their groundbreaking ideas into reality, a process laid bare in this book. The New Autonomous House documents the design and construction of a four-bedroom house in the Midlands, one without mains water or sewerage but with the means to produce power from the sun and the wind, and the facilities to collect drinking-water from the rain. The Vales have a simple but dramatic message - that it is possible to live in a building that is at once inexpensive, practical and kind to the planet, and that liberates its owners from utility bills. Their book is a blueprint of green architecture for future generations.

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